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Daily Mass: Pick up your Cross and follow Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus speaks bluntly in the Gospel of Matthew, making it crystal clear that his disciple must take up his cross and follow the Lord in order to enter into eternal life.

Are you ready?

Mass Readings – Friday of the 18th Week of the Year

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Life, change, and the need to keep learning.

Life is all about change and growth. For the last few years I have used the “old” editor with my WordPress account, and I have decided to jump in with the new editor before technology leaves me in the dust.

That being said, I will need to take some time to work out all the kinks, and I ask for your patience if my upcoming posts and podcasts reflect my learning curve.

God bless you!


14th Sunday of the Year: Serving the Lord

Study: Consider an experience where you were sent out to do a task.  What was difficult?  Where did you find strength to carry it out?

Pray:  Is there something you are feeling called to do, but find it challenging?  Ask the Lord for the grace to make it happen!

Serve:  How can you help those who are doing the Lord’s work right now?  How can you support missionaries, service groups, and those who care for the sick?

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel of Luke recounts how Jesus sent out 72 disciples.  Note these features:

  • There is great need (The harvest is rich, the laborers are few…”)
  • They go out in pairs – to support each other
  • They come with peaceful hearts
  • They travel simply, trusting in the providence of God
  • They cure the sick
  • They proclaim the Kingdom of God

And they are successful!  They return to Jesus, rejoicing that even demons are cast out by the power of the Lord’s name.

What a powerful reminder that we, too, are sent by the Lord.  God calls us, empowers us, and directs our lives to bring faith, hope and love to those who cross our path.  Let’s apply the Gospel reading then accordingly:

  1. There is great need – among the people we know and love
  2. We can work together: family, friends, as a parish or community
  3. The Peace of Jesus Christ guides our words and actions
  4. We focus more on people, less on material things
  5. We seek to promote healing at all times
  6. We proclaim the Good News of Christ

Christ sent out his disciples with great success, and he continues to call forth disciples today to continue his saving work.  May we respond with open hearts as we make a difference among the people God places before us.

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Note: This post was first published on June 27, 2016.


Farewell to Fr. Ed. Catholic Inspiration

Msgr. Ed Meulemans was my pastor when I arrived at the Cathedral as a newly ordained priest in 1997.  Over the years he has been a great friend and mentor, teaching me many lessons about discipleship and priesthood.  May he rest in peace!

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Using Modern Tools for a Timeless Message

There’s an interesting reality that the Church faces when it proclaims the Good News.  On one hand we preach timeless truths about Jesus Christ using the simplest words and actions to convey God’s everlasting love for humanity.  On the other hand we utilize modern technology to extend this message far beyond our immediate personal contact.  Thirty years ago we relied on print, television and radio…and while these tools are still employed, the internet has transformed how people receive information.

As a podcaster, I am honored to share the daily work I do as a parish priest with a larger community.  Over the last year Catholic Inspiration has been available on iHeart Radio, and just this month you can now find my podcasts on Spotify.

So whether it’s

please know how thankful I am for your support of my ministry.

And if you get the chance…I would be grateful if you would consider the most crucial and powerful tool of all: word of mouth.  If you find these podcasts at all helpful for your faith please pass them on to your family and friends!

God bless you all in this Holy Season!

Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts

 


Daily Mass: The garden of our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 24th Week of the Year

Jesus tells a parable (and offers an explanation!) that speaks about the garden of our hearts.


The Joys of Technology!

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It used to be so simple.  You teach, preach, and listen to others.  And there is no replacement for the quality and power that comes from a direct connection with another person.  Our faith in Jesus Christ is best communicated in a direct and personal way.

As technology improves, our ability to communicate has been transformed…and ministry adapts to reach people where they’re at so that the Good News can continue to be proclaimed.

With that in mind, I am working to use social media as effectively as possible, and I will welcome any suggestions and support you have.  Currently I use facebook to promote two key resources:

  • http://www.studyprayserve.com – my website where I offer reflections on the Scriptures
  • “Catholic Inspiration” – my podcasts of homilies, retreats, and Catholic presentations

If you are finding these resources helpful, please pass them on to others.  I have learned that there is nothing more powerful than to “share” a post with one’s own family and friends; after all our own testimony is the strongest endorsement we can give.

I’m looking forward to doing what I can to help us all grow closer to the Lord and one another.  God bless you all!